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Letters to the Editor: Don't Put Israeli Democracy in Self-imposed Quarantine

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27.03.2020

False, outrageous on Italy’s treatment of aged

In response to “In Italy’s Coronavirus Crisis, the Elderly are Left to Die. Will Trump let America follow?” (Jonathan S. Tobin, Haaretz.com, March 18).

First of all, the title of the article, besides being at least outrageous, states something which is simply not true. Elderly patients in Italy are receiving medical treatment just like any other citizen. Our health system, which is known to be among the most advanced in the world, doesn’t make any distinction according to age, and the current emergency is in no way an exception to this approach.

The figures of our intensive care units, which by the way have been increased by 26 percent since the outbreak of the pandemic, confirm this. At the national level, ICU “saturation” stands at 54.5 percent, with many regions well below this figure. This means that at the moment, half of our ICU beds are still available. Considering........

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